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National human rights institutions: measuring effectiveness (2005)



nhri effectivenessHow should national human rights institutions assess themselves? This report reviews the characteristics of effective national institutions and the international standards for their work, set out in the Paris Principles. It proposes benchmarks, based on these Principles, and suggests how quantitative and qualitative indicators can help institutions to improve their performance and measure the impact of their activities. Assessing the Effectiveness of National Human Rights Institutions is a practical tool for use by members and staff of national institutions, and organisations and individuals that work with them.

The report is co-published with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and includes a foreword by the UN High Commissioner, Louise Arbour.

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“... an extremely useful tool to national institutions, in defining their role and responsibilities
and planning and monitoring their activities …” Canadian Human Rights Commission

“... could not have come at a better time. It will serve not only National Institutions but has relevance to other human rights NGOs and community organizations who should be able to use impact assessment indicators or tailor measuring devices to their own specific situations. It will go a long way in making the work of NHRIs more effective …” Zonke Majodina, Deputy Chairperson, South African Human Rights Commission